|Edward Hákon Huijbens|
2001-2005 University of Durham
Edward (born 1976) is currently the director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre (ITRC) along with holding and associate professors chair at the department of business and science at the University of Akureyri.
Edward completed an MA and subsequently a PhD at Durham University geography department in 2005, graduating in 2006. The department was ranked highest amongst UK geography departments in the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 2008 and Edward received a full departmental scholarship along with the prestigious Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) to pursue his studies there. Edward’s work in Durham departed from his undergraduate emphasis on landscape morphology and delved into spatial theory with fieldwork undertaken in Durham for the MA and Edinburgh’s Festival Square for the PhD.
Upon completing the PhD Edward got a post at the University of Iceland, doing research into innovation and entrepreneurship, studying e.g. successful small enterprises and the build up of the Reykjavík heating utility. Mostly though, Edward was teaching courses in both the faculty of science, department of geography and the faculty of business administration and economics. In the former he taught the philosophy of science and cultural geography in the latter he taught innovation and product development and markets and culture. After two years of work Edward was offered a post as the director of the ITRC, which is jointly run by the University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri. The head office is in Akureyri, N. Iceland where Edward is born and raised. Edward assumed the post in autumn 2006 and along with teaching tourism courses and consumer behaviour at the Uni he is involved in various research projects. His main interests lie in innovation, product development and marketing of tourism along with landscape theories and spatial theory.
At current Edward is involved in studying health and wellness tourism in the Nordic context, storytelling and the narratisation of destinations, landscape impact studies in relation to geo-thermal and hydropower build up, innovation in tourism at peripheral destinations, destination images and to a lesser extent various marketing survey both small and large of tourism in Iceland.
Edward lives in Akureyri with his partner and three children.
2006 – present: Director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre.
Spring 2006: Department of Economics and Business Administration and the Faculty of Geography, Department of Science, University of Iceland.
Part time teacher
Autumn 2005: Paternity Leave
Spring 2005: Department of Economics and Business Administration and the Faculty of Geography, Department of Science, University of Iceland.
Part time teacher
Winter 2004-2005: Department of Economics and Business Administration, University of Iceland
Project Manager, book publishing.
Summer of 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006: Terra Nova and Iceland Travel
Driver and Guide
Hjalager, A-M., Huijbens, E., Flagestad, A., Björk, P., and Nordin, S. 2009: Grant from Nordic Innovation Centre (NICE). Nordic Wellness Tourism. Grant amount: 7.750.000 ISK (91.000 EUR)
Mossberg, L., Huijbens, E., Björk, P., Therkelsen, A. and Olsson, A.K. 2009: Grant from Nordic Innovation Centre (NICE). Storytelling – narrating landscapes. Grant amount: 20.000.000 ISK (1.520.000 NOK)
Images of the North research group 2007: Grant of excellence from RANNÍS for the project Images of the North. Grant amount 10.000.000 ISK (120.000 EUR)
Hjalager, A-M., Huijbens, E., Flagestad, A., Björk, P., Nordin, S. and Knútsson, Ö. 2006: Grant from Nordic Innovation Centre (NICE). Mapping Tourism innovation systems. Grant amount: 7.750.000 ISK (91.000 EUR)
Benediktsson, K. and Huijbens, E. 2006: Grant from ‘The Research Fund of The University of Iceland’ for the project Íslensk bifreiðamenning: Jeppaferðamennska á hálendi Íslands. (Icelandic automobiles: The Icelandic Highlands as ‘Jeepspace’). Grant amount: 450.000 ISK (6.100 EUR).